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DinnerPartyYVR is coming back to Vancouver

The biggest, boldest, most philanthropic dinner party is coming back to Vancouver on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 with the fourth annual DinnerPartyYVR. In just over a month, Vancouver hobby chefs will open their homes, kitchens and hearts to host a simultaneous dinner party taking place all across…

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Dunk A Foodie for the Food Bank

Are you heading to Parksville's famous Canada Day celebration on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island on Tuesday? Come and Dunk a Foodie for the Food Bank!

The brains behind the Parksville/QB Eat Out Restaurant Guide, which I was proud to write early this year, will be hosting a dunk tank located …

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An Okanagan farm-to-table al fresco dining experience

I recently attended the 2014 Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop, taking place this year in Kelowna, British Columbia May 9th-11th. The weekend of writing workshops and local food and wine tasting experiences is organized annually by talented writer and book author Jennifer Cockrall-King. She wo…

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Foraging for wild Chanterelle mushrooms

One of my favourite things about fall on Vancouver Island is my annual wild mushroom forage with a great friend who has lived here his whole life. He and his family have been kind enough to share their fall mushroom hunts with me for the past few years, and I look forward to the search with much c…

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Oyster Mushroom update, Day 6

The mushrooms have arrived!

I'm on Day Six of my Growing Mushrooms at Home experiment with the Back to the Roots Oyster Mushroom kit. It is really amazing to see how rapidly the rate of growth is increasing by the day now. I can even see a difference in size from morning to evening, and I'm start…

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October in the Kitchen Garden

The harvest has started winding down on Vancouver Island, and my backyard kitchen garden was looking a little empty and sad.

That unexpected hit of Late Blight tomato fungus that killed my entire tomato crop (along with many of my friends and neighbours) was a pretty big bummer. It was also a good…

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An epic Thanksgiving feast at the farm

Every fall something magical happens at a Central Vancouver Island farm, and I was once again lucky enough to be invited this year to be part of a unforgettable Thanksgiving feast.

Nestled in the forested foothills of Mount Arrowsmith, our foodie friend Jesse's Outrageous Edibles & Bedibles plant …

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Penticton welcomes the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference


After a whirlwind cross-country visit to Philadelphia, I'm back in British Columbia as my back-to-back food blogging/wine blogger conference travels continue. I had a quick two days rest at home on Vancouver Island after returning from Philly, then (still a little jet-lagged) I hopped in the car…

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Stewed Rhubarb with Ginger and Lime

What's in season right now for spring? Rhubarb!

Popping up in gardens, grocery stores and farmer's markets, rhubarb is suddenly everywhere. When I see it I automatically think 'Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie', but local strawberries aren't quite ready to go yet so rhubarb hasn't really been on my rad…

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